Throughout the year the Church has designated certain feasts as days on which Catholics are expected to participate at Mass. One such feast is the Assumption of Mary on August 15th. In the past we have scheduled two Masses on these special days: one at noon and the other at 7 p.m. In recent years fewer people have chosen to attend on these days. As a result we have found ourselves with two celebrations of less and less people. After consultation with our staff, it seemed that it is time to reduce our Holy Day schedule. Therefore there will be one Mass on August 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Our hope is that more of our parishioners will choose to attend at that time and more music ministers, eucharistic ministers, lectors, servers, sacristans and ushers will be available to cover the liturgical roles. One fuller liturgy can be a richer liturgical celebration.
For any parishioners who still wish or need a daytime liturgy, there are many scheduled at the churches in our area. The office has a list of churches and times.
My hope, however, is that you will choose to join us here on August 15th at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate Mary’s Assumption with our parish community.
Fr. George Smiga
SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLECTION – This weekend our ushers will be in the Narthex to accept your donations to our Social Justice Fund.
FAMILIES PREPARING CHILDREN FOR FIRST COMMUNION THIS YEAR – A letter was mailed this past week with information about First Communion preparation. When you receive it, please be sure to promptly reply as the letter instructs. If you are expecting to prepare for First Communion this year and do not receive this letter, please contact Michele (440-946-1128, ext. 121 or [email protected]) and leave a message with your name, your child’s name, and your contact information.
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION – Tuesday, August 15th, is a Holy Day. Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. We are in need of Eucharistic Ministers and Servers. Please sign up on the bulletin board outside of the kitchenette.
CORE MEMBERS NEEDED – Please prayerfully consider being a part of our CORE team for Prime Time. Through your example and your involvement on the CORE team, you have the opportunity to be a living example of Christ in the lives of teens. We need your unique gifts and strengths. I am looking for adults who can commit to weekly Sunday evening meetings with our teens (from 6:30-8:00 p.m.) and weekly planning meetings. Please contact Kaitlin at 440-946-1128 x 120.
IF YOU’RE CURIOUS ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH – or if you have thought about becoming a Catholic, our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) might just be for you! Adults from all faith traditions or those with no religious background at all are welcome to participate in our gatherings. In the first phase of the RCIA process, no commitment is required. We simply meet in an informal atmosphere of conversation and sharing, where you will be free to ask any questions you may have about the Catholic Church, its traditions or worship, and discuss where God might be leading you. These sessions are designed so that your questions and experiences are paramount to our discussion. In addition, we will focus on what the Church teaches about the Bible, spirituality, and ways of expressing our faith. If you or someone you know might be interested in inquiring about the Catholic faith, please call the parish office at 440-946-088.
UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVE – Have you signed up to donate blood? Our next blood drive is Sunday, August 13th from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Banquet Center. You can register online at www.redcrossblood.org/. All donors who come to donate will receive an email for a $5 Target eGiftCard™.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – has made a difference in the lives of the men and women who spend time before the Blessed Sacrament on Mondays between 1:00 and 9:00 p.m. Each Holy Hour that you make in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament releases his grace and power upon you, your family and your parish.
We are looking for several additional people who are available on Mondays between 2:00-3:00 or 3:00-4:00 p.m. If you can fill either of these time slots, please call Jan at 440-951-5593 or the parish office at 440-946-0887.
If you are unable to make a definite commitment, please stop in anytime during Eucharsitic Adoration and you will be richly blessed.
JAIL VOLUNTEERS – The St. Noel Jail Ministry is looking for additional volunteers to serve at both the Lake County Jail and the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center. Members of the parish bring communion to the jail about once a month. Training is provided and all volunteers are paired with another person. Please call Anthony at the Church office, 440-946-1128 x122 if you are interested in hearing more about this meaningful ministry.
WHEELS FOR THE WORLD – St. Noel will again sponsor a wheelchair collection on Saturday, August 12th from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. in the Church parking lot. Wheelchairs are refurbished in prison ministry programs and distributed in third-world countries. NO walkers, crutches, and canes; we will collect only wheelchairs (please no electric). If you have questions, contact Bruce or Karen Fraley 440-488-4657 or [email protected].
TRIP TO CANADA – In 2001 St. Noel Parish, with the help of Mark Muzzillo, organized a very successful trip to the Shrine of The North American Martyrs in Canada. The Shrine is located in Midland, Ontario. We would like to invite all of you to join us for a similar trip this year. It is a great occasion to spend some fun time with your family, with parish members, and to learn more about our church patron, St. Noel.
When ? Saturday, September 23rd (we will leave early morning) and Sunday, September 24 (we will come back late evening).
What ? We will visit the Shrine of the North American Martyrs, have a cruise on the Georgian Bay, participate in Sunday Mass at The Shrine of North American Martyrs, visit Niagara Falls.
How much? The estimated cost is $ 250 per person (including bus, hotel and all entrance fees and gratuities). Please remember that you need to have an updated passport to visit Canada. Detailed information will be published in early August. If you are interested in participating in this exciting parish experience, or if you have any questions about the trip, please contact Mark Muzzillo at [email protected] or at 440-537-7722.
ROSARY OPPORTUNITY – St. Noel was contacted by Brookdale Senior Living in Willoughby to offer some prayer opportunities for the Catholic residents. Immaculate Conception already distributes the Eucharist on Sundays. Would you like to pray the rosary with residents at Brookdale? It could happen weekly or monthly. Please contact Anthony to learn more (440) 946-1128 x122
LEAF – Our next LEAF meeting is Monday, August 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Nativity Room. If you have a loved one or family member who is incarcerated, consider attending LEAF (Listening, Empowering, Assisting Families). LEAF is a non-denominational ministry where relatives and friends of those incarcerated can join with others in conversation and fellowship. Meetings, which take place on the third Monday of each month, are anonymous and registration is not required. Visit www.leafministry.org or call the St. Noel parish office at 440-946-0887 for more information.
ALL GOOD GIFTS GARDEN – Come check out the garden space! Join us to work or relax for awhile on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m., on August 4, 11, 18 and 25. For more information, contact Susan at 440-975-6195 or [email protected].
PRAYER FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY ADDICTION – Many in our community struggle with addiction. They are our children, parents, extended family, friends, us. Join in prayer and support for one another on Sunday, August 13th, 6:00 p.m., at St. Mary Magdalene Church (32114 Vine St. Willowick 44094).
FAITH JOURNEYS – FJ is a travel company dedicated to planning spiritual trips for parishes. Whether it’s Rome, Spain, the Holy Land, World Youth Day or other destinations, Faith Journeys partners with local parishes to plan memorable travel experiences. Are you interested in leading a St. Noel trip? We’re looking for people who might want to explore working with Faith Journeys. Please contact Anthony at 440-946-1128 x122 to learn more.
THE FEST – Join us this Sunday on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership (28700 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe) from 12 noon- 10 p.m. for The FEST. Come to hear great music (Laura Story, Matt Maher, Crowder, and for King & Country), enjoy activities for the entire family, join thousands for Mass at 8pm, and experience the event of the summer. There is plenty of close parking and something for everyone. For all the details, visit www.theFEST.us. See you at The FEST!
THE REFUGEE RESPONSE – At last February’s GIFT session, parishioner Cori Sieger shared the mission of The Refugee Response and the work it does to empower refugees to become self-sufficient and contributing members of the Northeast Ohio community. The Refugee Empowerment Agricultural Program, a working farm business, has selected three work dates that provide exciting learning opportunities alongside the refugee farm trainees. The dates are Thursday, August 17th (clean, clear and construct), and Saturday, September 23rd (put the farm to bed, batten down the hatches!). To volunteer, please register with Rachel Browner ([email protected] or 216-225-1551). Volunteer registrations are limited and must be scheduled at least one week in advance.
NOEL FELLOWSHIP – Meetings are held on Thursdays at Noon in the St. Noel Banquet Center Small Hall. Activities are: On August 10th, Bake Sale & Bingo, and August 17th, Bingo. On August 24th, socializing meeting; 12:00 p.m. Luncheon Menu: Lemon chicken, cavatelli with red sauce, mixed vegetables, salad, rolls & butter and dessert. For tickets, call Rosemarie Baranauskas at 440-585-4548. Cost is $6.00. Deadline for tickets is August 21st. On August 31st, Bingo, Birthdays and Anniversaries. Bring something for the food pantry and receive a free 50/50 ticket. Everyone is welcome!
ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN – The parents support group for families and friends of gay and lesbian Catholics welcomes you to join us at our next meeting, Sunday, August 13th, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the SJV Philomena Center of St. John Vianney Parish on Bellflower Rd., Mentor.
BISHOP COSGROVE CENTER – The Center is looking for both quality art supplies and men’s clothing. You can deliver items directly to the Center (17th & Superior) or bring them to the Church office. Learn more about the Cosgrove Center at www.ccdocle.org or call 216-781-8262.
ROBERT & WILLIAM’S INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FESTIVAL – Enjoy ethnic foods, live bands, games of chance, face painting, children’s games and entertainment on August 10th-13th, located at 367 E. 260th St., Euclid. Visit www.srweuclid.cc for more info.
OUR LADY OF MT. CARMEL ALTAR & ROSARY GUILD – Will host a Luncheon Card Party on Friday, August 18th from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Community Center. Advance tickets are $8.00 or $9.00 at the door. There will be a lot of raffle and door prizes. All are welcome. For tickets, please call Anna Marie at 944-4383.
THE REFUGEE RESPONSE BENEFIT DINNER Please join us on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 for a summer evening on our nation’s largest urban farm, the Ohio City Farm, overlooking our lakefront city skyline. Enjoy exciting culinary experiences from Cleveland’s premiere chefs featuring produce from the farm, traditional music, story sharing and dance from members of the refugee community. You will be able to see the empowering impact of the Refugee Response in sharp relief as we aid refugee families moving from hardship to home. For more details and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.refugeeresponse.org/benefit-2017.
RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND – “A lifeline for troubled marriages”, which is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but open to couples of all faiths. Join our weekend experience for couples and six follow up sessions, September 8th-10th. A registration fee of $150 is required to confirm your reservation. For more information concerning the program or to register, please call Marce or Liz Gliha at 440-357-6580 or 1-800-470-2230, or go online to www.helpourmarriage.org.